Diamond Lake Trail

MODERATE 273 reviews
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Diamond Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1361 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Eldora: Travel west on CR #130 and then northwest on CR #111 to the 4th of July/Buckingham Park Campground. Hiking alternatives include Diamond Lake Trail from Hessie, Arapaho Glacier Trail from Rainbow Lakes, and Arapaho Pass from Monarch Lake (Hot Sulfur District).

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2 days ago

Great hike, and dog friendly.

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2 days ago

Gorgeous hike and destination. Stunning views!

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3 days ago

Parking is bad on weekends and the road is rough from Eldora, so be cautious if you don't have an AWD with good clearance.

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5 days ago

The parking was extremely limited, which is why I'm giving four stars. The trail was well maintained and the scenery was beautiful. Diamond Lake is well worth the hike. My 6 and 7 year olds were able to complete this hike!

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9 days ago

Almost no mud, even with all the rain lately! Keep an eye out for a mama and baby moose in the area saw them around 8:15 am on Tuesday

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10 days ago

Great hike! Relatively easy elevation increase. Saw mama & baby moose in the wee hours from a distance. Great flower & view peeping. Started about 8:10a and finished in about 3 hours with lots of photo stops and plenty of time at the lake!

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12 days ago

Wildflowers, views, waterfalls, gorgeous old trees, the lake - this hike has it all.

13 days ago

I recommend going to upper diamond. the trail up can be a little difficult to find but it's definitely worth it

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17 days ago

Great trail. FWD def helps for the drive in, but we saw people make it in sedans.

Bear right at the Diamond Lake fork ~3 miles into the hike, instead of going left to stay on Diamond Lake Trail.

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19 days ago

It's a lovely trail. Maintenance is a bit behind on much of the trail work. Lots of loose planks and rotting timbers, but all passable and not at immediate risk. The trail can be quite wet, FYI, from snow melt. The lake is beautiful and the hike has lots of rewards...small falls, Boulder Creek and plenty of shade and wildflowers galore!

It's pretty much a straight hike in with only one decision point, and there's a clear sign. If you get lost, well, your cause is in your own shoes.

Other reviewers complain about the driving road, and yet others say it's fine. Look, one flatlander's road from hell is another person's Sunday drive. Bottom line is that pretty much any car can make it safely. Just drive slow and avoid high centers, loose rocks and potholes. 4WD is NOT needed. Really.

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19 days ago

Cooler weather, shade, wildflowers, vistas, streams, waterfalls, and a beautiful lake! What more could you possibly want??!!!! Also, super fun 4-wheel drive road to drive in.... get there early and maybe bring bug spray!!